Grandma Reilly's Congo Bars

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Author Notes: If my childhood had an official cookie, it would have to be my grandmother's Congo Bars. I'm not sure if my grandmother was the mastermind behind this recipe, but she definitely had a black-belt in baking these gooey gifts to the world. They are like a fudgy brownie in texture and the brown sugar makes them taste caramelly. Even my half-siblings, who only had them a few times when visiting on weekends, still rave about these bars. They are best eaten out of a square-bottomed glass cookie jar, just like Grandma Reilly's.Abbie C

Makes about 2 dozen bars

  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt the shortening in a large saucepan. Mix in the brown sugar, then cool. Make sure you let this mixture cool or your chocolate chips will melt when you add them to the batter.
  3. Mix in the eggs.
  4. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt. The batter will be stiff.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips, nuts, and vanilla extract. I've added the vanilla when I've added the eggs before and it doesn't make a difference, but Grandma said to add it here.
  6. Spread batter onto the jellyroll pan and bake for 18 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool, then cut into square shaped bars.
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over 1 year ago Muse

These certainly look delicious...will make some tomorrow and try them out!


over 1 year ago Abbie C

Let me know how you like them!!